Wednesday, 27 June 2018

'WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR?'

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ" - Ephesians 1:3
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Why didn't Paul appreciate God for physical blessings? Because that which is seen is temporal but that which is unseen is eternal. It is good to thank God for physical blessings He gave you but it's great to appreciate Him for the spiritual blessings you freely receive. 
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Those who are spiritually minded will appreciate God more for His spiritual blessings than the physical blessings they have. What are these spiritual blessings?
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1. Being chosen before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love (vs. 4). Remember that many are called but few are chosen (Matt. 22:14). Many were called for salvation but few genuinely answered the call. Aren't you grateful for the gift of salvation?
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2. He predestinated us to the adoption of children by Christ Jesus to Himself according to the good pleasure of His will (vs. 5). How? For we have not received the spirit of bondage to fear again, but we have received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father (Rom. 8:15-17). Isn't it a great privilege you have to be able to call God your Father while some believed that they're God's slave?
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3. Through Jesus we have redemption through His blood (vs. 7). What is redemption? The act of saving people from sin and evil (dic). Through Jesus' blood, you are saved from the wages of sin, redeemed from the curse of the law and from eternal damnation.
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4. Through His blood, you obtained forgiveness of sin (vs. 7). David said, Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord imputes (credit) no iniquity (Ps. 32:1-2). A man whose sin is not forgiven or to whom the alord imputes iniquity will have his sin open before hand or manifest later on the day of judgement (1 Tim. 5:24).
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Aren't all these spiritual blessings worth thanking God for? Anyone who lacks His spiritual blessings, regardless of his or her earthly relevance is the most wretched fellow in eternity.
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Take a moment to express your gratitude for His spiritual blessings.





By Adeniyi Tim Oluwamayowa.

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